Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:

‘Taste of Thai Food’

Learn about the food and culture of Thailand from a native Thai from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Hostelling International (HI) Boston, 19 Stuart St. at “Cooking as a Second Language: Taste of Thai Food.”

Lightly prepared culinary delights, Thai cooking combines a host of simple ingredients with a pallet of intriguing aromatic herbs and spices that gives the food a distinct flavor.

Visit eventbrite.com for registration to this free cooking class and other information.

Skyscraper Challenge

Boston Society for Architects (BSA), 290 Congress St. will host “Family Design Day: Skyscraper Challenge” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Boston, home of the Hancock and Prudential towers, is taking steps to elevate the city’s skyline. But how tall can architects and engineers actually build?

Parents and children, ages five through 13, are invited to learn more about the architecture, science and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build your own skyscraper.

Visit architects.org for tickets ($2 to $10) and other information.

‘Child’s Play’

The “Child’s Play” exhibition that celebrates the joy and amusement of handcrafted toys, collectibles, and games through interaction, shared memories and imagination will be on view through Jan. 18 at the Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Suite 200.

From board games and dolls to computer games, this exhibition of self-assembled and handcrafted toys encompasses playthings from previous generations right up to today.

Visit Societyofcrafts.org for more information.

‘CATS’

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS” is presenting by Lexus Broadway in Boston through Jan. 19 at the Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St.

“CATS” tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

The original score, scenic and costume design, plus all-new choreography, lighting and sound design make this production a new “CATS” for a new generation.

Visit boston.broadway.com for show times and tickets.

OSHOGATSU 2020 – Japanese NY’s Celebration

Gather to welcome 2020 in the Japanese Oshogatsu style from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

Dance with Taiko drumming beats, pound Mochi sticky rice, parade with Shishi the lion, and relax with a Chado tea ceremony. Try hands-on activities such as Koma spinning tops, Fuku-warai lucky laugh game, Origami (giant & wearable origami), Omikuji fortune telling and other fun.

The Japanese House, Kyo-no-Machiya, an authentic silk merchant’s house from Kyoto, Japan will be decorated in New Year’s fashion for the event with many good symbols of good luck.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for other information.

Remembering MLK: Community discussion

Hostelling International (HI) Boston, 19 Stuart St. will host Remembering MLK from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20. They will review some clips and documentary segments on MLK and his life that will foster a community discussion around what his legacy means for society in the present day. Light snacks will be provided.

Visit eventbrite.com and/or hiusa.org for registration and other information.

Snowport Sweat/Children’s IceFlow

Children’s Ice Flow will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 and Feb. 20 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave.

Ice Flow is a gentle, yoga-inspired class designed specifically for skaters of all skill levels. This special skating class is designed for fun. Skaters will play, glide, giggle, and dance their way to discover the joy of skating outdoors.

Visit eventbrite.com for other details.

MLK Jr. Day: ICA free admission

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. is offering free admission for all on Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, Jan. 20.

Celebrate the legacy of MLK with the public opening of two new exhibitions: Tschabalala Self: Out of Body + Carolina Caycedo.

Catch the acclaimed exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” on its final week before closing on Sunday, Jan. 26 along with the free screening of “Wall is a Wall: Short Film Program,” presented in conjunction with the exhibition.

Timed tickets (first come, first served) will be required for Yayoi Kusama’s “LOVE IS CALLING” exhibition, ending on Feb. 7.

Visit icaboston.org for other information.

MLK Day at BCM

Celebrate MLK Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan 20 at the Boston Children’s Museum Common, 308 Congress St.

Join Wee the People, Deafinitely Crew, and Boston Children’s museum to celebrate the life and leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Explore American history and how people can come together to make meaningful change through art, language, and other activities.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for other information.

MLK, Jr. Tribute Concert

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert, presented by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Museum of African American History, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Faneuil Hall, One Faneuil Hall Square.

The program will include a moving array of spoken word, classical music, spirituals and freedom songs culminating in an audience sing-a-long that will evoke the power and promise of MLK, Jr.

For more information, visit bysoweb.org and/or maah.org; to reserve a complementary ticket, visit eventbrite.com.

MLK Memorial Breakfast

The 50th Anniversary MLK Memorial Breakfast will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Hall C at 415 Summer St.

The Dream Reception will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 50th anniversary breakfast and program will start at 8:30 a.m.

The multifaceted, passion-filled celebratory program will highlight a keynote address by The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry. King contemporaries, elected officials, local faith leaders, and other special guests will share recollections of Dr. King and his work and engage in dialogue about The Movement Then and Now. Exemplary community service awards will be presented.

Net proceeds from the MLK Memorial Breakfast support the community programs and services at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and Union United Methodist Church.

Tickets and other information are available at bostonmlkbreakfast.org.

NE International Auto Show

The New England International Auto Show is being held through Jan. 20 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.

The New England International Auto Show is the biggest Auto Show in New England and the premier showcase of the newest model year imported and domestic vehicles – cars, vans, crossovers, hybrids, light trucks and sport utilities – cars to suit every budget and life style.

Factory and dealer representatives will be on hand to answer your questions in a no-pressure environment, and with your favorite car lines all under one roof, it’s easy to compare prices and features, saving both time and money.

Visit evenbrite.com for show hours and tickets ($7 to $17).

Big Sister Boston’s New Girls Network

Big Sister Boston will host a New Girls Network speed mentoring event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 101 Seaport Blvd.

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or a Mentee, and would like to attend this speed mentoring event, email Kasey Olson at kolson@bigsister.org by Jan. 20.

The New Girls Network has a mission to help young women (mentees) learn the skills to network, talk about their strengths, make connections, and support each other. The aim is to have mid- and late-career women (mentors) share some of the many pathways they have traveled in their own careers, and to offer information on topics common to women in the workplace. Mentors and Mentees will be matched up after the speed mentoring event for the good work to begin.

Visit eventbrite.com or bigsister.org for more information.

The program is being sponsored by The Women’s Foundation of Boston. Visit wfboston.org or bostonwomensfund.org for other information.

Volunteer with SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will host a Volunteer Informational Session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, and Mar. 3 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, Mar. 12 and Mar. 26.

SLM empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential skills.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth, joining the Board of Ambassadors, supporting annual events and fundraisers plus skills-based positions to lend expertise to SLM.

These opportunities range in commitment from one-off projects or consulting to multiple years of committed mentoring.

The session will include information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.

For more information, contact cayla@silverliningmentoring.org.

To register, visit eventbrite.com.

Traffic congestion crisis discussion

Past the Tipping Point: Fixing the Commonwealth’s Traffic Congestion Crisis will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Transportation Board Room, 10 Park Plaza.

The Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, and Transportation for Massachusetts, along with experts, speakers and business leaders from across the country will talk about the impacts and potential solutions to the Commonwealth’s traffic congestion crisis.

Visit eventbrite.com for required registration at this free event.

Design Museum Boston Annual Open Meeting

The Design Museum Foundation will hold the Design Museum Boston Annual Meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Red Thread + Steelcase, 101 Seaport Blvd. Suite 600.

During this Board of Directors open meeting for the community, they will look back on their impact in 2019 and look ahead at what’s to come including new exhibitions, education programs, and special events, among other items. They will award the Distinguished Service Medal to an individual volunteer who made a significant impact at the Design Museum in 2019. They will share ways you can get involved with their mission to bring the transformative power of design everywhere.

Registration is required at eventbrite.com. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

BSA Awards Gala

The annual BSA Awards Gala will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

The Ceremony will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Morris Auditorium at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave. The doors will open at 4 p.m.

The party will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Galleries at BSA Space, 290 Congress St. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The BSA Awards Gala is a celebration where hundreds of architect will gather with their colleagues to discover who has won the season’s most prestigious industry awards. The celebration will continue at the party which focuses on filling your lives with foods, drink, music and merriment for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Visit architects.org for tickets and other information.

Wine and Hors D’oeuvres reception

Enjoy a Wine and Hors D’oeuvres reception as you preview the American & European Works of Art auctions at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 and a petite brunch of pastries and mimosas at 11 a.m. on Friday. Jan. 24 at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, 63 Park Plaza.

The auctions will feature Western fine prints & multiples from the old masters to the present day and fine photographs from a broad range of subject matter and geography from the 19th century to the present on Thursday and fine paintings & sculptures from a broad range of styles, media, and regions spanning the 17th century to the present day including old master drawings and paintings on Friday.

Visit eventbrite.com for required reservations and other information.

Snowport: ’80s Après Ski Night

An ’80s Après Ski Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Snowport Winter Village, 65 Northern Ave. Enjoy free admission, ’80s hits, and their totally tubular portrait station.

Visit bostonseaport.xyz for other information.

‘The Shadow of Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes’

Back to Back Theatre will present “The Shadow of Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes” from Jan.23 through Jan. 26 at the Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

When a group of activities with intellectual disabilities holds a public meeting, they discover a history they would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent.

For tickets and show times, visit artsemerson.org.

‘Towards a Robotic Architecture’ author talk

Design Museum Foundation will present Design Museum Mornings: Towards a Robotic Architecture from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Red Thread + Steelcase, 101 Seaport Blvd. Suite 600.

Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of Boston Architectural College, will present findings related to his recent book, Towards a Robotic Architecture. Robotics and artificial intelligence represent the next cutting edge technology to transform the fields of architecture and design. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

Visit eventbrite.com for registration ($20) and other information. Become a member to attend this event for free. Membership starts at $5 a month.

Boston RV & Camping Expo

The Boston RV & Camping Expo will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.

The expo will feature the latest models in creational vehicles, fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-up campers, camping supplies, accessories, campgrounds and travel information centers.

Thinking of owning an RV? Thinking of trading in your RV for a newer or different model? Talk with knowledgeable dealers and factory reps and get special show pricing and incentives. There’s no better location in New England for families to explore their campground needs, activities and destinations.

Visit bostonrvexxpo.com for tickets ($8 to $17) and other information.

Learn to Curl at Snowport

Learn to curl with the North End Curling Club from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave.

At Learn to Curl, you will learn the basics of the sport and practice with real games on the iceless curling lanes.

These lessons will occur in 30-minute increments throughout the time period. No experience is required. Warm, loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Visit eventbrite.com for other details.

Winter wildlife cruise

Grab your camera and join park rangers and local naturalists to observe animals who make their wintertime home in Boston Harbor and around the outer Harbor Islands from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Hop aboard a heated high speed ferry and discover how alive the harbor is in the winter months. Guest naturalists include representatives from the National Park Service, New England Aquarium and Mass Audubon.

Ferry features ample indoor seating and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Boarding begins at 10:30 a.m. at Long Wharf.

Visit harborislands.org for tickets ($15-$30) and other information.

‘Taste of Latin American Heritage Cuisine’

“A Taste of Latin American Heritage Cuisine” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Hostelling International (HI) Boston, 19 Stuart St.

Join HI Boston as they explore the Oldways Latin American Heritage Diet Pyramid and prepare foods that are richly flavored with a great range of culinary traditions blending the diet of indigenous Americans with people of Spanish, Portuguese and African heritage to create healthy, vibrant and richly flavored Latin American cuisine. This cooking workshop will highlight recipes from Mexican cuisine.

Visit eventbrite.com for registration and other information.

Be Well Series: Dental Health

The Be Well Series will focus on Dental Health from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Boston Children’s Museum Common, 308 Congress St.

Learn how to take care of your teeth through proper tooth brushing and flossing to keep cavities away, and more with dental health professionals from Forsyth Kids.

Learn about the importance of age-one dental visits and regular dental checkups to keep your teeth healthy and happy.

Visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org for other information.

RUBBERBAND (Winter Dance Fest)

Global Arts Live will present the Montréal-based company RUBBERBAND at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.

Choreographer Victor Quijada’s lastest works, “Ever So Slightly” is an electrifying new style of dance inspired by breakdancing, ballet, and contemporary dance presented by ten dancer-athletes delivering high-voltage action while accompanied by live music.

Visit emersontheatres.org for more information and tickets ($40-$65).

Play Reading Book Club: ‘Detroit Red’

The world forever knows him as Malcolm X, but when he lived in Roxbury, they called him “Detroit Red.” Deepen and expand your experience as a theater-goer through stimulating conversations and behind the scenes access to this world premiere of “Detroit Red,” by Will Power.

Over the course of three weeks the Play Reading Book Club will read, discuss and see “Detroit Red,” a thought provoking play which uplifts Malcolm X’s under-examined, life-shaping experiences as a young man who called Boston home.

The group will meet at Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St. from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1; from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5; and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Participation in the program is free and includes discounted tickets to see the show live at the Emerson Paramount Center from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Register at artsemerson.org or 617-824-8400.

‘…first in thought, then in action’ at ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. has been premiering “…first in thought, then in action,” a new sculpture and sound piece that engenders a series of public talks, conversations and performances that touch on gentrification, housing and displacement.

The culminating performance and celebration of “…first in thought, then in action” with the creator Anthony Romero and collaborators of the related exhibition, “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

Visit icaboston.org to learn more.

Migration and walls

Interactive tours of the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be held at select times through Jan. 26.

“A Wall is a Wall” will be shown from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection presents abstract meditations on, and sobering documentation of, border walls and the lived experiences of those who journey from one side to another.

Visit icaboston.org for additional information including other related programs.

BGCB Annual Dinner 2020

The annual dinner hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St.

Each year, corporate and civic leaders gather for BGCB’s Annual Dinner to help build a better Boston. Attended by more than 800 people, Annual Dinner raises critical funds to support our city’s young people who need us the most. These funds immediately work to help their members succeed academically, make healthy choices, build strong character, and practice good citizenship.

Cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visit bgcb.org for tickets and sponsorships.

‘Entre les rangs’ interactive art

Take a sensory stroll through an urban field of some 28,000 flexible stems capped with white reflectors that oscillate, sparkle and resonate under the effect of wind and human walks from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. through Feb. 9 at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave.

“Entre les rangs,” a new interactive outdoor art installation, is a tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass. The installation’s changing nature – depending on wind, precipitation, light (both natural and artificial) and human interaction – encourages visitors to return multiple times.

Visit creos.io to learn more.

Snowport Sweat/Ice Flow

Ice Flow will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave. in Seaport.

Ice Flow is a gentle, yoga-inspired class designed specifically for skaters of all skill levels. Skaters stretch, breathe, and glide together to music doing simple skating ovesm. Similar to yoga, the focus is on the breath – how it connects to movement, and helps us enjoy the present moment.

IceFlow encourages people to discover the joy of skating.

Visit eventbrite.com for other details.

Opera Gala 2020

The Opera Gala 2020 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the State Room, 60 State St.

The Opera Gala will celebrate the tremendous achievements of Stanford General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson’s first decade of leadership and launch the next decade of bold, exciting music at Boston Lyric Opera (BLO).

Featuring elegant cocktails (at 6 p.m.) and delectable dining (at 7 p.m.) and tribute performances you can’t see anywhere else, this evening is not to be missed.

Visit blo.org for tickets and other information.

For sponsorship information or other inquiries, email events@blo.org or phone 617-702-8975.

King’s Chapel concerts

The King’s Chapel Concert Series will be held at 5 p.m. at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

The Sunday series will include “Sonata” on Feb. 23 and G.F. Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” on Mar. 29.

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit kings-chapel.org.

Winterfest 2020

The Spaulding Professional Council will present Winterfest 2020 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 100 Federal Street, 100 Federal St.

This seasonal celebration brings together a vibrant group of Boston-area professionals for an evening full of chilled cocktails and warm conversation. Slip into some festive party attire to savor tasty treats and enjoy live entertainment – all while supporting a very special life-changing cause. Proceeds from the 5th annual Winterfest will benefit Spaulding Research Institute, which is advancing rehabilitation science at a record-breaking pace to make impossible recoveries possible.

Visit spauldingcouncil.org to learn more and to purchase tickets: $100-$150.

KidsJam

KidsJam, a monthly family dance party for children, ages 10 and younger, which features a live DJ, dance lessons, games and other fun is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Friday of the month through June at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. free with admission.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for other information.

‘Kusama: Infinity’

“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

The “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama” exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.

For other information, visit icaboston.org.

BCNC’s Lunar New Year Banquet

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s (BCNC) annual Lunar New Year Banquet will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6 at the Hei La Moon Restaurant, 88 Beach St.

Join the BCNC’s family for a festive celebration that also serves as an important fundraiser to provide essential family-centered services to more than 13,000 Asian and new immigrants each year.

Have food, fun and festivities for a great cause.

5:30 p.m. – Reception and Cultural Activities

6:30 p.m. –Traditional 10-course Chinese Banquet and Entertainment

Contact Jean Quintal at 617-603-2540 to reserve your seat or table of 10 by Friday, Feb. 14.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.

Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.

Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at sbscatholic.org.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation is held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Ave de Lafayette.

Accessible to all levels, with a power class on the first Wednesday of every month, this is a great way to add some self-care and fitness to your weekly routine. Stretch, move, breathe, and get centered with YogaPro Anna Saluti. Your body will thank you.

Bring your own mat, and arrive early as the class starts promptly at the appointed hour.

Visit yogahub.life to sign up.

Cradle of Liberty

Discover the importance of Faneuil Hall as a meeting place and site of protest and debate from the 1740s to present. Free ongoing discussions and talks take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through May 24 in The Great Hall, Second Floor at Faneuil Hall when the Great Hall is not closed for other events.

Visit nps.gov for other information.

District Hall tour

The District Hall Weekly Community Tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays throughout the year.

District Hall is the world's first freestanding public innovation center, designed to inspire innovation, foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life is located at 75 Northern Ave.

District Hall operates a free, public workspace, rentable event space and runs free programming that's open to everyone.

For event bookings, visit www.districthallboston.org/host-an-event.

To learn more about District Hall, visit: www.districthallboston.org.

Sustainability breakfast

Net Impact Boston (NIB) holds a monthly informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals on Wednesday mornings. Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger, 101 Arch St. for networking, discussion and moral support.

NIB combines members’ talents, energy and commitment with the wealth of business, educational, nonprofits, public sectors and other resources to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.

For more information, visit eventbrite.com.

LI+TLE Lab

“Who? What? Why?” The LI+TLE Lab at Emerson College, 216 Tremont St. wants to learn more about question-asking in young children. Bring your 3-, 4-, or 5-year old to their lab for some fun games and activities – at the end of the visit, your child will receive a small prize and parents will be offered a $40 Amazon gift card and reimbursement for travel. The lab visits last about 2.5 hours.

Visit little.emerson.edu to learn more and/or email csdresearch@emerson.edu to arrange a visit.

Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad

Lewis Hayden was born enslaved in Kentucky and escaped with his family on the Underground Railroad. He settled in Boston and became one of the most active fighters in the abolition movement.

This free 20-minute film plays on-demand in the Find Your Park space, Lower Level, Faneuil Hall every day from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 18.

Visit nps.gov for other information.

Walk to the Sea

The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.

Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.

Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.

Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.

For more information, visit walktothesea.com.

Freedom Trail Tour

The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Mar. 31.

Join Boston by Foot and stroll the Freedom Trail’s ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and independence of a nation.

It is the epic stories of Boston’s rise and America’s birth.

The tour will meet outside the Park Street MBTA station on the Park Street side of the Boston Common and end at Faneuil Hall.

For more information and to reserve a spot on this “name your price tour,” visit freetoursbyfoot.com.

South Station History Tour

The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).

The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future. Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.

The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.

Visit south-station.net for more information.

Boston Fire Museum

The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.

The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country and the Museum occupies the historic Congress Street Fire Station.

The Museum collection comprises fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photograph that were used in the Greater Boston area.

Sparky the Dalmatian, a real-life fire house dog, is always welcoming and ready to assist the guide during the tours.

Admission is free; donations are always welcome.

To learn more, visit bostonfiremuseum.com.

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).

Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.

From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for details and tickets.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through May 28 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

Little free libraries

Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)

Anyone can take a book and leave a book.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit bostonplans.org.

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.

For groups larger than 15 people email bpda@boston.gov to arrange a tour.

$1 night at museum

Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org or phone 617-426-6500.